From the very first encounter with police, contact with the criminal justice system for Indigenous people is loaded with disproportionate penalties. A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision of R v Ewert finally recognized the critical role played by Correctional Service Canada that may be unjustly keeping Indigenous peoples behind bars for longer, under far worse conditions than their non-Indigenous incarcerated counterparts.
Promise Holmes Skinner
Promise Holmes Skinner is an Anishnaabe lawyer in Toronto, an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and the Senior Manager, Gladue Program Specialist at Aboriginal Legal Services. She runs her own firm in chambers with Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein, specializing in Gladue law in the courtroom - including the Supreme Court of Canada and the Ontario Court of Appeal – and out of the courtroom at lectures and conferences across Canada and beyond.